Dream Scenario

Hapless family man Paul Matthews finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. But when his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Kate Berlant, Michael Cera, Tim Meadows, Jennifer Wigmore, Domenic Di Rosa, Will Corno, Lily Gao, Agape Mngomezulu, Marnie McPhail, Jessica Clement, Star Slade, Noah Lamanna, Richard Jutras, Maev Beaty, Al Warren, Kaleb Horn, Philip van Martin, Liz Adjei
  • Director: Kristoffer Borgli
  • jpapanone - 30 June 2024
    My goodness gracious.
    I just needed some background noise while I was on my computer. I turned this on. I know what to expect from Nic Cage movies for the most part.

    This wasn't a new low. Nic Cage wasn't bad at all. He did a fine job acting.

    But this script, idea, story, plot etc....im not sure if it was low blood sugar, if I'm coming down with something...it was either that ..or this movie just has the ability to make one feel low.

    It made me feel uneasy, awkward, bad for the guy, sympathy for the guy... But entertained at all? No.

    The woman from law and order that played his wife...I thought we were done with her. Not sure why she popped up.

    I don't even really care who wrote or directed this, but I'll go check it out so that if I hear their names again I can at least say ..oh. There the ones responsible for that terrible nic cage movie.

    I was thinking today...I wish there more movies being made that weren't cartoons, or remakes, or super hero movies. Then I see things like this. Oh yeah...this is the sort of tripe you get. Unfortunately these need to be made in order to have some gold nuggets or diamonds in the rough to emerge.

    This movie is the rough.

    This ain't the wheat...this is the chaff.
  • mendovasilevski - 6 June 2024
    Nick Cage nailed it
    This was such a great film. Strong concept and good actors. Enjoyed the sound too, really added to the suspense. Highly recommended.

    I would have given ten stars if they included a bit more horror. The type of film that deserves a sequel but will never get it.

    The movie gave me vibes or American beauty and Vanilla Sky. I wish they made it longer or they release a directors cut with extra scenes. Such a juicy amount of content that could be further explored.

    This is proof the Nick still has it and never lost it. It's also produced by him. Of course he believes in himself, everyone else does.

    So happy he's still making more and more movies.

    I look forward to many more. .
  • kademan-40962 - 12 May 2024
    Compelling analysis of phenomena and fame
    Nicholas Cage plays an insecure, self-important, well-meaning family man and it's a blast to watch him playing such a meek character in Paul compared to his past bombastic and/or unhinged roles.

    The weird circumstance of him appearing in dreams is handled really well, with each individual dream, prior to Paul appearing, being able to be interpreted as a reflection of each individual having them, and as Paul's sudden fame affects him to an uncomfortable point, his presence in the dreams seem to coincide with his actions. It's a scary reflection of how suddenly fame can affect a person's life, as well as everyone's perception of them in and around their life.

    My main criticism comes from the very sudden ending. It came off as feeling packed with rushed sequences, underthought ideas and frankly not on par with the slow burn pacing and thought-provoking tone of the rest of the film, but the final scene saves it from imploding on itself.

    Dream Scenario is a wonderfully weird and often scary outlook of fear and fame being related in too many ways. And yet, it is still able to make you laugh at how desperate a person seemingly content with being an outsider will go to remain relevant and be perceived as interesting in the eyes of the world for their more 'uninteresting' qualities as deemed by society.